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Calif. gay marriage ban gets another day in court; judge's relationship, trial videos at issue
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ' The sponsors of California's gay marriage ban have renewed their effort to disqualify a federal judge because of his same-sex relationship ' the first time a jurist's sexual orientation has been cited as grounds for overturning a court decision.
Lawyers for a coalition of religious conservative groups told a federal appeals court panel Thursday that now-retired Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker should have revealed that he had a long-term male partner before he presided over a trial on the measure's constitutionality.
Walker struck down the voter-approved Proposition 8 as a violation of gay Californians' civil rights.
Charles Cooper, an attorney for Proposition 8's backers, argued that the similarity of Walker's personal life to those of the same-sex couples who sued to overturn the ban put his impartiality in doubt.